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Ben Carson to Head HUD

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Via CNN:  Trump taps Ben Carson for HUD secretary Dr. Ben Carson will be nominated as the next secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Trump transition team announced Monday. “I am thrilled to nominate Dr. Ben Carson as our next Secretary of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development,” President-elect […]

Washington Monument To Remain Closed Until 2019

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If you’re visiting Washington, D.C. anytime soon, don’t plan on getting to go up to the top of the Washington Monument: Billionaire philanthropist David Rubenstein has agreed to fund an overhaul of the Washington Monument’s broken elevator system, but the beleaguered landmark will probably remain closed for the next 2 1/2  years, the National Park […]

Buzz Aldrin Safely Evacuated From South Pole After Medical Emergency

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Yesterday, Buzz Aldrin was evacuated during what was supposed to be a week-long visit to the South Pole due to unspecified medical issues: Former NASA astronaut Buzz Aldrin was evacuated from the South Pole on Thursday after falling ill during a visit with a tour group. The 86-year-old Aldrin arrived at a hospital in Christchurch, New […]

Trump Selects Retired General James Mattis As Secretary Of Defense

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President-Elect Trump has selected a retired Marine Corps General to lead the Defense Department: President-elect Donald Trump has chosen retired Marine Gen. James N. Mattis to be secretary of defense, nominating a former senior military officer who led operations across the Middle East to run the Pentagon less than four years after he hung up […]

French President Francois Hollande Won’t Run For Re-Election

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French President Francois Fillon announced today that he would not run for a second term as President of France: PARIS — President François Hollande stunned France on Thursday when he announced that he would not run for a second term in next year’s presidential election. In a televised address from the Élysée Palace, Mr. Hollande […]

Jon Huntsman For Senate?

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Jon Huntsman, who served as Governor of Utah and U.S. Ambassador to China, and ran for President in 2012, is mulling a bid for the U.S. Senate in 2018: Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman said he’s weighing a run for the U.S. Senate in 2018, depending in part on whether fellow Republican Orrin Hatch decides […]

Man Calls Out ‘Hillary Bitches’ on Airplane

An airline traveler wanted his fellow passengers to know that he was a supporter of the president-elect.

A Photo for Friday: Rail-yard Sunset

“Rail-yard Sunset” November 23, 2016 Birmingham, AL

Two million votes and counting, but look at all the states Trump won!

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Clinton’s popular lead over Trump (thus far) is two million plus and rising.   Let’s put that in perspective.  Consider the number of Clinton voters (rounded up to the nearest thousand) in the following eleven states.    Wyoming (57,000) Alaska (93,000) North Dakota (94,000) South Dakota (118,000) Montana (175,000) Vermont (179,000) West Virginia (188,000) Idaho (190,000) […]

Mike Pence Not Offended By Statement By Hamilton Cast

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Vice-President-Elect Pence doesn’t seem nearly as offended as Donald Trump by Friday’s comments from the stage by the cast of Hamilton: Following Vice President-Elect Mike Pence’s trip to Hamilton November 18, he sat down with Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday and said that he “really enjoyed” the show. At the end of Pence’s interview on […]

Trump’s Wife and Child Won’t Live in White House

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President-Elect Donald Trump has signaled that his current wife and youngest child will continue to reside in their de-luxe apartment in the sky rather than move to the White House.

Most Hilarious and Ill-Fated Boycott Attempt of all Time: #BoycottHamilton

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Via WaPo:  ’I will fall on the sword & take your tickets’: Calls to #BoycottHamilton met with mockery As Trump supporters continued to call for boycotts of “Hamilton,” many questioned if it was even possible to “boycott” a show for which tickets are notoriously expensive and difficult to obtain. Indeed. Also amusing if one is familiar […]

Oops: Dell Offers $33 Laptops in Mexico

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Via the BBC:  Dell error hands Mexicans $33 laptop bargain Mexican officials have ordered Dell Computers to honour the sale of laptops that had been mistakenly advertised online for just 679 pesos (£27; $33). The computers normally sell for up to 50,000 pesos (£1,990; $2,500). But because of an apparent software malfunction, only the shipping […]

Politics and Polarization 24/7…

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…even getting coffee.  Via CNN:  Trump supporters launch #TrumpCup as a protest against Starbucks. Also:  what is it about certain Trump supporters who like to yell “Trump” to agitate people? I don’t recall this phenomenon with previous presidents.

A Photo for Friday: A Crack in Everything

“A Crack in Everything” Anniston, AL 10/22/16

Kansas Congressman Mike Pompeo Selected As Trump’s C.I.A. Director

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Kansas Congressman Mike Pompeo has been selected to be the new Director of the Central Intelligence Agency under President-Elect Donald Trump: WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald J. Trump has selected Representative Mike Pompeo, a hawkish Republican from Kansas and a former Army officer, to lead the C.I.A., according to officials close to Mr. Trump’s transition team. […]

Team of rivals? Kitchen cabinet? Or Waylon Smithers clones?

The real model for Trump’s team is neither Abraham Lincoln nor Andrew Jackson but The Simpson’s Mr. Burns with a room full of Waylon Smithers-types.

A Second First Impression: Greetings!

In which I use a lot of words to say hello.

Oklahoma Man Clocked Going 208 MPH On Highway

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An Oklahoma man was arrested on various charges after being clocked going over 200 miles per hour: OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a state trooper arrested a driver after clocking his speed at more than 200 mph. The patrol says Trooper Ryan Smith pulled over the man Saturday on the Kilpatrick […]

Republican Presidential Factoid Of The Day

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I pointed this out yesterday afternoon on Twitter, and it’s something amazing to consider. 2017 will be the first time since 1928 that there's a Republican President and nobody named Nixon or Bush in the Administration. — Doug Mataconis (@dmataconis) November 15, 2016 It’s true too. The first Republican Administration since Herbert Hoover’s, of course, […]

South Dakota Congresswoman Kristi Noem To Run For Governor In 2018

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South Dakota’s sole Representative in the House, Republican Kristi Noem, has announced that she will forego running for re-election in 2018 to run for Governor: South Dakota Republican Rep. Kristi Noem announced Monday that she will run for governor in 2018 instead of seeking re-election to the House, according to the Argus Leader. Noem’s decision […]

A Disturbing Glimpse into the Trump Transition

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Eliot Cohen writing in WaPo:  I told conservatives to work for Trump. One talk with his team changed my mind. In a normal transition to a normal administration, there’s always disorder. There are the presidential friends and second cousins, the flacks and the hangers-on who flame out in the first year or two. There are the […]

Trump Team not Ready for Prime Time

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“Winning was easy, young man, govern’s harder.” — George Washington in Hamilton. Indeed, one of the easiest parts of winning is the transition portion before, you know, the governing starts. Via the NYT:  Trump Staff Shake-Up Slows Transition to Near Halt: President-elect Donald J. Trump‘s transition operation plunged into disarray on Tuesday with the abrupt departure of […]

Ben Carson Forgoes Cabinet Position Because He Believes He Lacks Experience

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Ben Carson has reportedly taken himself out of consideration for a Cabinet position because he doesn’t believe he has enough experience: Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson has told President-elect Donald Trump that he isn’t interested in serving as secretary of Health and Human Services, a Carson ally confirmed to The Hill on Tuesday. Business manager and […]

Journalist Gwen Ifill Dies At 61

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Gwen Ifill, a print journalist who made the transition to television late in her career only to become a huge success in a very quick period of time, has died at the age of 61 after a battle with cancer: Gwen Ifill, a groundbreaking journalist who covered the White House, Congress and national campaigns during […]

Trump Team Starting to Take Shape, Includes alt-Right Link

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Via NPR:  Trump Taps Reince Priebus As Chief Of Staff, Steve Bannon As Chief Strategist The president-elect announced Sunday that he has selected Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus to serve as chief of staff in his incoming administration. In the same announcement, Priebus’ appointment shared top billing with the news that Trump campaign CEO […]

Dave Chappelle Knows The Whites

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I’ve been out of the “Saturday Night Live” habit for years now but they’ve done really well with the election cycle, as they always have. Kate McKinnon’s cold open was very well done. I kept waiting for the joke lyrics; they didn’t come. Quite a few in my Twitter feed found it sacrilegious for reasons […]

Actor Robert Vaughn Dies At 83

Robert Vaughn, who was perhaps best known for his role in the 1960s ‘Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ and was also one of the stars of ‘The Magnificent Seven’ has died at the age of 83: Robert Vaughn, the cleft-chinned actor who reached the peak of his fame in the 1960s playing Napoleon Solo, the debonair international […]

A Photo for Friday: How the Light Gets in

“How the Light Gets in” Mt. Cheaha State Park (Alabama) 10/22/16

Mitt Romney Expresses the Fears of Many

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Via CNN:  Mitt Romney says Donald Trump will change America with ‘trickle-down racism’ “I don’t want to see trickle-down racism,” Romney said in an interview here in a suite overlooking the Wasatch Mountains, where he is hosting his yearly ideas conference. “I don’t want to see a president of the United States saying things which […]

Chelsea Clinton Being ‘Groomed’ For Congress, Reports Say

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No, the Clinton dynasty isn’t dead just yet.

Maggie Hassan Defeats Kelly Ayotte In New Hampshire

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It won’t change the balance of power in the Senate, but New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan has defeated Kelly Ayotte to capture New Hampshire’s Senate seat for the Democrats: CONCORD, N.H. — New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan, a Democrat, has unseated Senator Kelly Ayotte, a Republican, in one of the most competitive and closely watched […]

Richard And Pat Nixon Predicted The Trump Presidency

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Did Richard Nixon have knowledge of the future?

Poll Closing Times For Election 2016

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Politico has a great summary of the poll closing times for the entire United States, summarized in the chart above (click map to enlarge), that should give you a fairly good idea of how the night will unfold. By 9pm Eastern, most of the states will have closed their polls and we should already have […]

Clinton Wins Dixville Notch And Guam

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While most of America was sleeping, Hillary Clinton took an early lead in New Hampshire thanks to the hamlet of Dixville Notch: Dixville Notch, the quirky northern New Hampshire town that traditionally votes early on Election Day, has tallied this year’s results — and Hillary Clinton is the local winner. Clinton won four votes, while […]

Looming Unfaithful Elector in Washington?

A reminder that the people don’t directly elect the president in the US via the Seattle Times:  1 Washington state Democratic elector won’t support Clinton, another won’t commit One of Washington state’s Democratic presidential electors is vowing not to cast his Electoral College vote for Hillary Clinton — even if she wins the state handily on […]

A Trump Campaign Win: They Took Away his Twitter

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So reports the NYT: Aides to Mr. Trump have finally wrested away the Twitter account that he used to colorfully — and often counterproductively — savage his rivals. Since I think part of his improvement in the polls of late is partly because he has been (for him) quiet, I would put getting him off Twitter […]

Both Sides Do It (Except One)

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WaPo has a rather interesting headline to an AP report: “Ohio order blocks activities from both campaigns.” Reading through the report, which reads like a blog post with constant updates, I find only one campaign’s “activities” being “blocked,” namely that of Donald Trump. So, how do we arrive at the headline? Through very strained reasoning: […]

Silver on Clinton’s Firewall

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To add to the previous post, Nate Silver: The point, as we’ve said before, is just that Clinton’s so-called firewall is not very robust. If you’re only ahead in exactly enough states to win the Electoral College, and you’d lose if any one of themgets away, that’s less of a firewall and more of a rusting, […]

A Minimal Win?

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Given the substantial narrowing of the race (see the 538 model, for example) it increasingly looks like election night is going to be dramatic, and the final outcome close. Currently, it looks like a narrow Clinton win as the following possible map would outline.  Clinton could also lose New Hampshire or Nevada and still win […]

A True Baseball Fan

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Baseball fans never die, they just rest between seasons: GREENWOOD, Ind. (WTHR) – A North Carolina man drove back home to Indiana to keep a decades-old promise to his father. Wayne Williams drove in for the Game 7 of the World Series. “The gate was open,” he says as he drives in. He’s not at […]

Senator Kirk Raises Representative Duckworth’s Heritage in Debate

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Via the Chicago Tribune:  More aggressive Kirk goes after Duckworth in second debate, questions her family’s heritage At one point, Duckworth talked about her family’s long history of involvement in the U.S. military, describing herself as a “daughter of the American Revolution” who has “bled for this nation.” When it was Kirk’s turn to offer a […]

The McMullin Factor

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Via FiveThirtyEight:  Polls May Be Underestimating Evan McMullin’s Chances In Utah Utah is an unusual case. Polls are scarce there, the dynamic has changed quite quickly, and these factors can significantly affect polling results. Our model already excludes Utah polling that doesn’t poll McMullin at all, and that will remain our official approach. But unofficially, […]

Steven Den Beste, RIP

Steven Den Beste, one of the quintessential early bloggers (dubbed by someone one of the “Four Horsemen of the Ablogalypse” in those silly days when this medium was new) has passed after a long illness. Brickmuppet has a nice collection of tributes along with a summary of the news: Steven was brilliant, a former engineer with […]

Trump is who he is

The LA Times posted the following letter from Donald Trump to the newspaper back in 2007 wherein DJT complained about an LAT reporter: This is a letter Trump sent us in 2008. He was upset about an article on Trump University, later threatened to sue. https://t.co/VC2vbcFr4C pic.twitter.com/j8IyBbiYtO — Los Angeles Times (@latimes) October 22, 2016 What is […]

Most Embarrassing Correction Ever?

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The New  York Times has been forced to issue a correction in the wake of a review of a new show on Amazon after it was discovered that their reviewer had, apparently accidentally, watched the shows out of order: In an amusing correction,The New York Times noted that its television writer had criticized a show […]

Trump Finally gets a Major Newspaper Endorsement

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Via Salon:  Donald Trump’s KKK stamp of approval: The Klan gives a de facto endorsement to the Trump campaign on the front page of its newspaper . Says The Crusader: “Make American Great Again!” It is a slogan that has been repeatedly used by Donald Trump in his campaign for the presidency. You can see it on […]

Independent Evan McMullin Leads Trump In New Utah Poll

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Independent candidate Evan McMullin is at the top of a new poll out of Utah, a state that hasn’t gone for a Democrat since 1964: Independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin is leading in Utah, according to an Emerson College Polling Society survey released Wednesday. McMullin is favored by 31 percent of likely voters in the […]

Trump Only Leading By Three Points In Texas

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As if the news out of Arizona weren’t bad enough, new polling out of Texas gives Donald Trump only a slim lead in Texas, which hasn’t gone for a Democrat in a Presidential election since 1976: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has one of his slimmest leads yet over Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in Texas, […]

I Have no Idea why we Think Trump is a Misogynist… (2)

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In regards to allegations of sexual assualt: “Believe me, she would not be my first choice, that I can tell you.  You don’t know. That would not be my first choice.” “When you looked at that horrible woman last night, you said, ‘I don’t think so.’ ” –Donald J. Trump.

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